One of Ryan Donato's most compelling storylines throughout his Harvard career, and especially in his final season for the Crimson, was his relationship with his coach and father, Ted. In 2017, the duo was able to celebrate a Beanpot title.
Ryan Donato walks down the tunnels of the United Center in Chicago after the 2-1 loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the Frozen Four. A sophomore at the time, Donato used the defeat as motivation to improve over the summer and come out of the gates strong in 2017-2018.
Last season's Beanpot victory gave Donato a taste of winning big events. He and the Crimson rode this feeling all the way to the Frozen Four last season, and Ryan will surely take those experiences with him to South Korea.
Now-sophomore goaltender Jake Oettinger, pictured in last year's Beanpot finale. The Dallas Stars draft pick has seen a regression in his numbers this season, emblematic of BU's overall struggles to date,
In the 2016 edition of The Game, Yale wide receiver Reed Klubnik, now a sophomore, hauled in two crucial touchdown passes to lead the Bulldogs to victory. Here, Klubnik celebrates after his first catch, which gave Yale its first lead early in the third quarter.
Last season, Harvard took all four games from Yale. The Bulldogs simply could not keep up with the Crimson's scoring pace. This provides for an even more heated rivalry heading into next year, as Yale looks to avenge those losses.
Games between historic Ivy League rivals Harvard and Yale often get chippy. Sophomore defenseman John Marino, pictured here in Game 1 of last season's ECAC quarterfinal series vs. the Bulldogs, engages in some roughhousing with now-NHLer John Hayden.